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Is Diamondback Energy Inc (FANG) A Good Stock to Buy?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG).

Is Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are actually getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings rose by 1 in recent months. FANG was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 34 hedge funds in our database with FANG positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FANG to other stocks including CPFL Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CPL), Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK), and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 3% uptick from the second quarter of 2016, as hedge fund ownership of FANG remains stable. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FANG over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Brenham Capital Management, led by John Labanowski, holds the most valuable position in Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG). Brenham Capital Management has a $117.8 million position in the stock, comprising 14% of its 13F portfolio. On Brenham Capital Management’s heels is Zimmer Partners, led by Stuart J. Zimmer, holding a $94.9 million position; 2.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital, and Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Brenham Capital Management and Zimmer Partners) are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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